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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

What do we do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers. Where do we work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to becomeCertified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year. Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others. University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

WE WANT YOU! Want to be a Master Gardener? Print and return the application, pre-test and volunteer agreement (found to the right of this webpage). Applications due by June 2, 2017 - 2017/2018 PROGRAM IS CLOSED. If you would like to be put on the standby list, please call the main office at 908-526-6644.

Rutgers Master Gardeners Fall Gardening  3-Part Seminar

September 23, 2017

9 am—1 pm

It may be strange to think about spring planting already, but the things you do in your garden before winter hits will make spring gardening much easier.

 Every garden should have its soil tested. Testing is the easy part, but interpreting the results can be confusing.  Participants will learn how to read a soil test.  How to incorporate compost into your garden as you prepare the soil in the spring will also be discussed. The workshop will end with a presentation on native plants.

This workshop will be located at 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater. $40 per person.  Pre-registration is necessary.  The deadline to register is September 21. Call 908-526-2510 to register. Click here for the flyer.

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Need More Master Gardener Information?

Email: gyurian@co.somerset.nj.us or cubano@co.somerset.nj.us - or -

Contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline:

  • Phone icon.908-526-6293, ext. 3 (March - October, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.
  • Email: rcemastergardener@co.somerset.nj.us (Year-Round). In case we need to reach you for further information, please include your phone number within your email message.

Cooperative Extension of Somerset County